Tuesday, June 21, 2011

summer viewing list

Summer is officially here and along with baseball games, snow cones and fireworks, summer is all about movies.  Generally it's all about the Blockbusters but for me, summer makes me all sorts of nostalgic for cheesy 90's movies.  And so I present to you my top five summer movies.

Drum roll please.....

1) Encino Man 

 For the summer days when you feel like giving your brain cells a break, go grab yourself a slurpee (preferably in a cup) and watch this Paulie Shore classic.

2) Joe Versus the Volcano

Tom and Meg's first movie together - it's silly, it's sweet, it's absolutely fabulous!

3) Harriet the Spy

Proof that Michelle Trachtenberg has always been awesome. 
I love this movie and it always makes me cry- being a kid is tough!

4) What about Bob?

One of the greatest and most quotable moves ever made.  If you can't make it to Lake Winnipesaukee this summer, take a vacation from your problems and watch this. 

5) Empire Records

 This movie totally takes me back to high school.

So there's my summer viewing list.  I may have to kiss and make up with Netflix (of late my laptop refuses to stream from Netflix, so I decided it was time to spend some time apart).  And if I get really ambitious, I may revisit my favorite summer movie from 1994, 

Camp Nowhere

I'm a little nervous to watch this one again as I suspect that it hasn't aged well.  
And I don't know how I'll feel if I can still quote all the lines 15 years later. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

the best thing to happen to summer since the sprinkler

Summer has been here for a few weeks now and though it won't be official for another few days, I'm ready for fall.  No, not really.  While I could go without the heat, the fun is just getting started.  There are watermelons to eat, popsicle and fireworks to enjoy.  And above all, So You Think You Can Dance is back.  Which is indubitably the best thing to happen to Summer since the sprinkler.

The past couple of weeks have been filled with all the manufactured drama of the auditions.  While there are some funny moments and impressive dancing, it's mostly lame and completely over-dramatic.  As much as I love this show, I hate the auditions.  The only thing I hate more than the auditions, is the way they are produced. 

Last thursday they introduced the top 20 and I think that it's going to be a good season.  I haven't chosen any favorites (neither personal favorites not predictions for winners) yet because I refuse to buy into to all that aforementioned drama and sentimentality.  But I am really excited to see them all dance tonight.  (I'm pretty sure it'd be sacrilegious to pray that my DVR will record like it's supposed to so I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

only two things that money can't buy...

...and that's true love and home grown tomatoes. 
I am brimming with pride over my little garden.  And today, I harvested my very first tomato.  It tasted like love.  
It's a bit unorganized, much of my lettuce has bolted, my onions shriveled up in place, and I have more basil than I know what to do with.  But I'm just so thrilled that it grew and is producing.  It seems that my next challenge is protecting it from all the little critters that'd like eat it.  I've discovered the beginnings of an aphid infestation and the squirrels around here are notorious for stealing tomatoes off the vine.  Thankfully, the family of rabbits that live in the neighborhood have shown no interest in garden.  I've watched them nibble at the weed patch next to my garden but have seen no evidence of their helping themselves to my greens. {knock on wood}

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

because it's june

I'm not quite sure where the lovely month of May went, but June 1st finds me employed once again.  The last two and a half weeks of funemployment were both enjoyable and productive, but the Dread Pirate Roberts calls again.  Today I am employed, tomorrow who knows. 

Between jobs, I worked on getting my front beds looking a bit more presentable and delved into the neverending task of painting my bedroom.  If I'd known what I was getting into, I may have let the tan walls and peeling paint be.  But though it's still not all put together and I'd like to put another coat of paint on some of the trim, it looks so. much. better.   

So, here I sit, waiting in my cube.  Chillin' and billin'.  Ready to spring to action as soon as somebody finds something for me to do. Thank heavens I brought my knitting!